Narrative Writing Learning a New Model for Teaching

ISBN-10: 0325008426

ISBN-13: 9780325008424

Edition: 2006

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Description: George Hillocks, Jr. is a master teacher who has had great success working with kids in the Chicago Public Schools for over thirty years. This book will show you why. Michael W. Smith, author of "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys" Using instructional methods grounded in concrete, practical activity, Hillocks clearly outlines how to help students take the raw material of their experiences and transform it into engaging, well-wrought prose. A masterful work by a master teacher. - Peter Smagorinsky George Hillocks, Jr. is one of the most respected names in English education, and his graduate students have become some of the most important names in the field. In Learning to Teach Narrative Writing to Adolescents, you'll discover the power of his methods as Hillocks takes you inside real classrooms to see how his groundbreaking theories of teaching and learning help adolescents improve as writers. Learning to Teach Narrative Writing to Adolescents shows you how focusing your classroom activities on producing content, rather than form, boosts students' engagement, making them active learners - not passive recipients of knowledge. Hillocks demonstrates that breaking any learning task into small, doable pieces allows students to master these tasks and prepares them for more complex learning. In Learning to Teach Narrative Writing to Adolescents he shares the results of many years of teaching narrative writing in culturally and economically diverse Chicago schools. You'll see how "at-risk" kids' competencies increase significantly as they are taught, step-by-step, how to complete important writing tasks, such as: incorporating detail and figurative language creating dialogue expressing inner thoughts portraying people and action writing about scenes and settings combining it all and revising. Hillocks focuses on presenting students with clear instruction and clear objectives, focusing strongly on the procedural knowledge that accompanies academic successthe how to of completing school-based tasks. With his help you'll learn to provide all students with the scaffolding they need to be confident, successful, and fully engaged in their learning. The techniques demonstrated in Learning to Teach Narrative Writing to Adolescents have been tested in diverse urban schools. Hillocks provides the data to demonstrate that his methods can give teachers of low-performing and impoverished students new hope for helping adolescentscultivate a meaningful and lasting improvement in their writing abilities. Get Learning to Teach Narrative Writing to Adolescents to understand the wisdom of a master educator. Read it to discover an important approach to teaching writing that really works. Implement it for a satisfying way to teach that can make a difference with every student.

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Book details

List price: $30.25
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Heinemann
Publication date: 11/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

George Hillocks, Jr. is Professor Emeritus, departments of Education and English Language and Literature, The University of Chicago. He and his MAT students have taught writing in Chicago schools for over twenty-five years. In 1997 he won the NCTE David H. Russell award for Distinguished Research in the Teaching of English for the book Teaching Writing as Reflective Practice. In 2004 he received NCTE's Distinguished Service Award.

Why and how to teach narrative
What makes a good personal narrative?
Getting started
Incorporating detail and figurative language
Creating dialogue
Transforming dramatic scripts into narrative
Writing about inner thoughts, feelings, and sensations
Writing about people and action
Writing about scenes and settings
Teaching students how to revise
Evaluating the impact of teaching
An assessment of teaching narrative in Inner-City schools
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